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UPDATE: Eastern Iowa man allegedly targeted by people posing as caretakers in theft ring

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FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL) -

UPDATE: The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says a theft ring involving six people is responsible for stealing more than $30,000 from an Eastern Iowa man. After a manhunt involving a drone this week, four of the suspects are in custody, while deputies are still searching for the remaining two.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher, the week-long investigation showed that at least six people took advantage of a West Union man, who is in his sixties, by posing as caretakers and home repair workers.

"[They were] taking care of financial responsibilities for the victim, but instead of paying those bills, they also paid themselves more than what was agreed on," said Sheriff Fisher.

During a two-month period, the suspects allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the man's bank account and did not complete many of the services promised.  Investigators found more than 35 checks from the victim's account were written to the suspects in the case.

Thankfully, watchful neighbors noticed something was off about the people visiting the victim's home and contacted the sheriff's office.

"It is a caring community. People rely on neighbors and friends, especially if you live alone. When you have somebody who identifies themselves as a caretaker, and you put your trust in them, and then they do something like this," said Sheriff Fisher.

The following people are facing charges in the case:

- 24-year-old Chelsea Rasmussen of West Union, accused of taking over $550 and charged with Misdemeanor Theft in the Third Degree

- 29-year-old Charles Fels of West Union, accused of taking over $550 and charged with Misdemeanor Theft in the Third Degree 

- 30-year-old Michael Walters of Manchester, accused of taking over $4,000 and charged with Felony Theft in the Second Degree

- 25-year-old Darcy Miner of Jesup, accused of taking over $4,000 and charged with Felony Theft in the Second Degree

- 30-year-old Ashley White of Hawkeye, accused of taking over $5,000 and charged with Felony Theft in the Second Degree

- 46-year-old Patsy Martin of West Union, accused of taking over $18,000 and charged with Felony Theft in the First Degree

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says it's still investigating, and more charges are likely. Deputies have recovered more than $6,000 in cash.

Arrest warrants were issued for all six suspects, and four were taken into custody on Tuesday. Deputies say Martin tried to run from them and was eventually found after a manhunt in a cornfield off of Hill Road near Fayette. They say she was found with the help of a drone and a K-9 search.

Miner and Walters are still at large, and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on them to call the sheriff's office at (563) 422-6067.

Sheriff Fisher is also asking anyone who thinks they may have been taken advantage of in a similar way by these individuals or others to contact the department.

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